Even articles published in peer-reviewed journals may still have issues with methodology, reporting, or conclusions drawn. Critical appraisal enables assessment of the results, relevance and validity of published papers so that decisions can be made about the authority of research and applicability to a local population.
Critical appraisal skills promote understanding of:
[Adapted from CASP]
Considerations for critical appraisal will vary according to the type of study that you are assessing. Common themes are summarised below:
The critical appraisal tools in this guide will provide direction with the appraisal process.
Guidance can also be found in the PDF and articles linked below: